Silhouette Sarah

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Hi, I'm Sarah 👋
Chatty fun arty
Hi Sarah Thank you for coming along to our wedding. Everyone absolutely loved the silhouettes & I have heard so many lovely things about you and your unique talent. Wishing you every success
I am one of 6 silhouette artists in the UK. This is an 18th C. art form which I learnt myself as there is no courses available. I have been performing since 1999 at all types of events. I love working at weddings. They are always so joyous. I do work hard to cover all guests. My mission on the day is to entertain whilst cutting as many guests silhouettes using scissors freehand within my allotted time. On average I cut 70 guests within 3 hours.
Silhouette Sarah Pricing & Costs

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Prices Start at
£500
Maximum price
£800
My price varies upon the date of the wedding, location, and number of hours I perform. On average a 3 hour performance (where I can cut approx 70 silhouettes) in a 1 hour radius of Berkshire is £650.00 and it includes my travel, standard materials, performance and inclusive duplicate copies of every silhouette I have cut. As I am a sole trader I am vat exempt. There are no additional costs unless you want to have added extras such as; full length silhouettes, cake toppers, and specialised mount cards designs.
Silhouette Sarah Details

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Silhouette Sarah Full Description
“There is nothing more I love than to entertain people at weddings with the rare art form of silhouette cutting. Each silhouette is beautifully executed in minutes using nothing more than specialised scissors & black paper. They are created in the moment using scissors and black paper to intricately cut a flattering likeness of the profile of a guest without the aide of drawing. Originating from 18th Century France, silhouettes are flattering likenesses of people’s profiles in miniature which is why they make such memorable favours at weddings and engage guests at corporate and private parties. There are only a few UK silhouettists today. Sarah Head lives in Berkshire with her husband and two children. She has an extensive background in all types of art. She obtained a Ba Hons in Illustration in Kent. She has been wowing people with her skill of silhouettes since 1999 at a wide range of functions up and down the country and internationally including; King Charles’ Christmas party at St James Palace, Princess Beatrice’s 18th at Windsor Castle, Dawn French’s Birthday in Cornwall to international events in; India, Lebanon and the Seychelles.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Sarah
Congratulations on your engagement! If you want a surprise element, with style, a wow factor, and something guests can take away look no further! Silhouette cutting is a rare art form with only 6 silhouettists in the UK. If you book me your wedding will be talked about for years to come and you will see your friends silhouettes hung up on the walls when you go around to visit them. If you have any questions feel free to ask me. Happy wedding planning. Sarah x

Experience

Year Business Was Established
1999
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
1
Reviews
(6)
Tom Shiels
Happy couple married in April
August 2023
We’ve had so many comments about how good they are
Hi Sarah, I wanted to say a really big thank you for the fabulous silhouettes you did at our wedding on Friday. We’ve had so many comments about how good they are and that our guests have never seen anything like it before. Kind regards, Tom & Fiona
John & Louise
Happy couple married in October
August 2023
Absolutely fantastic!
Sarah was exceptionally professional and bought something very unique to our wedding. Everybody was thrilled to have the silhouette cut as a wedding favour. I would happily recommend Sarah to anyone
Lyndsey P
Happy couple married in October
August 2023
More than a silhouette maker
Sarah came to our wedding reception to cut paper silhouettes of our guests. We had booked thinking she’d be a good ice breaker while the party warmed up. Sarah was even better than we expected. Sarah arrived in good time to get a feel for us, the venue and what we wanted to achieve from the evening. We wanted a casual feel so Sarah spent the evening interacting with all of the guests, making sure those most shy and wouldn’t put themselves forward weren’t missed. Our guests loved their keepsake which are incredibly lifelike and we got a copy to remember who was there to share our special day. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Sarah for any event. Sarah’s extremely professional and so friendly she made her way around the room chatting with guests without taking the limelight from the celebrations. We love visiting our friends and seeing their cuttings displayed in their homes which I think is testament to how amazing her work is. Thank you for making our wedding reception the best ever! X
Rose Carr
Wedding: May
August 2023
The work you do is amazing guests were delighted
Hi Sarah Thank you so much for making Chloe and Andy’s wedding even more special . The work you do is amazing guests were so delighted with there silhouettes. We will definitely recommend you and use you for special occasions and gifts in the future . Many thanks Rose Carr
Clive Harrod
Happy couple married in October
August 2023
lovely personality making everyone feel at ease
Hi Sarah, Thank you so much for coming on Saturday .We really enjoyed your Silhouettes and it made the evening all the more special for us .We have had nothing but positive comments. You have such a lovely personality making everyone feel at ease . We are going to have fun shortly matching up the Silhouettes with the guests .I don’t think we will have too much trouble though. If you need a review anywhere please just let us know and happy to do it. Best Wishes, Clive
Vicki Crumpton
Happy couple married in January
August 2023
Amazing Favours for our guests
Sarah was brilliant and even now (our wedding was 2016) people talk about their silhouettes and have them on display still. Sarah did an exceptional piece for us that made me cry- the only image of my husband and I and our two daughters on the day. As you can see it is beautiful. Highly recommend for your wedding.
Silhouette Sarah Location & Contact Details

Address

S View Ave, Reading, Reading, RG4 5AJ, England

Travel Notes

I will travel anywhere

Nearest Town

Reading

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M40 or M4 or M3

Nearest Train Station

Reading

Nearest Airport

Heathrow

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Silhouette Sarah Press & Awards
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Berks and Bucks Wedding magazine
Frequently Asked Questions
(10)

What is your most memorable wedding?

I have worked at many amazing weddings. I love dressing up to suit a wedding and have worked at 1920's themed, 1940's vintage and recently a wonderful steam punk wedding. If there is no theme I tend to still wear a steam punk hat to identify me as a creative and entertainer. I always get a lot of interest before they even see my silhouettes which are always a wow factor as guests love seeing art being created in the moment. It is a fast paced and stylish art form with only 6 silhouette artists in the UK.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

My style of silhouettes is a flattering likeness. You will be able to identify the person I just cut in the room minus the double chins! As silhouettes are black they don't show up wrinkle or grey hair so they are well received by all guests! I make sure that everyone has a great time and I chat all the way through making sure the guests feel at ease and happy.

What about your business are you most proud of?

I am proud of all the jobs I have worked at, but particularly when I worked at King Charles Christmas Party at St James Palace, the 4 seasons hotel in the Seychelles and a 4 month promotional tour for Shopper Stop in India. I was luckily enough to meet many celebrities at events and my top ones have to be; Stephen Hawkins, Goldie Hawn, and Gwyneth Paltrow, Judge Rinder, Dawn French and Michael Macintyre to mention a few...

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Nothing ever runs to time and no one knows what was is planned, so relax on your wedding day and let the suppliers take over the hard work for you. They are seasoned pros and know how to create the perfect wedding. Have someone on the day to make sure the running order is moving along is a good idea. Take it all in.... and if you have time, the personal touches you can do yourself will be a great achievement and talking point on your day whether it is the favours, table plan design, table theme or even a display. Make it your own wedding and include personal items or theme to suit you both.

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

The steam punk wedding had ink and feather quills as favours which was really thoughtful and in keeping with her theme. The bride did her own table designs with wooden blocks and flowers and feathers and cogs. Easy and effective personalisation. There was also wedding shots in test tubes and sweet sweet. All the guests and the dog wore steam punk outfits and got into the spirt of it.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

I will ask for the location, date and number of guests, email over a quote and allow them time to mull it over. There is never a hard sell! Once they come back and agree to the booking I will send out a booking form and ask for deposit of half the fee to secure the date. If the wedding is cancelled before 6 months prior to wedding they will receive the deposit back and if I cancel (which is unlikely) they will receive the deposit back. The remaining balance is paid just before the wedding date. Payments are made by bank transfer only and I will send out a receipt of payment. On the day I will arrive 30 minutes before work to familiarise and set up. I will work when the guests enter the drinks reception and continue on until the end of the meal. (Unless another schedule is suggested). I do not cut guests whilst they are eating or in speeches. I do find it easier to see who is left to cut whilst guests are seated and concentrate on the top table during the meal. Everyone knows who I am at that stage so I don't need to interrupt guests from chatting amongst themselves.

What is your No. 1 top tip for keeping a crowd entertained?

The crowd will be interacting themselves whilst watching a silhouette being cut the general banter is around whether the paper is big enough for the nose and which of the many chins I will capture...! The end result is always a big WOW factor when they get to see the likeness. I always allow guests to interact but will ease the conversation along.

Where is the most memorable place you have performed?

I have worked at many wonderful wedding venues. I have my favourites but the most spectacular for me is Knowsley Hall. It is a bit of a distance but I love the interior and the grounds are amazing. The space is large to host a big wedding. Locally I love Hedsor House, Wasing Park, and Ufton Court. They are all different types of venues and are great at what they do.

Have you had any interesting surprises at a wedding?

I have worked at Stoke Place for a lovely same sex couple on of which was a hairdresser to the stars so the guest list included celebrities such as Frankie and Wayne Bridge. There were surprises around every corner from giant Elephants to musicians, food stations, flowers, and entertainers.

What is your party trick?

Hmm... cutting silhouettes freehand using scissors?! Although I am an artist in many ways and I also love acting in my local drama group so I am well versed to performing at all types of events and even taking on the odd character. I also love dancing in spare time...